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By Jack M. Schultz

ISBN-10: 0585124760

ISBN-13: 9780585124766

ISBN-10: 0806131179

ISBN-13: 9780806131177

During this modern ethnography, Jack M. Schultz examines the position of faith in a single American Indian society: the Seminole Baptists of Oklahoma. Basing his learn on 4 years of fieldwork, Schultz indicates how the Seminole Baptist church procedure is helping preserve a standard group. the folk Schultz encountered are Baptist. They assemble a number of instances weekly in steepled church buildings for prayers, hymn making a song, and sermons in response to biblical texts. yet additionally they are Seminole, engaging in providers essentially within the Mvskoke language and training local customs, akin to fasting within the woods and developing grave homes to preserve the spirit because it returns to go to the physique. Schultz offers a context for his research through tracing the background of the Seminole to the current day. He then discusses Seminole Baptist ideals and practices, management roles, and the church's organizational constitution, illustrating his observations with a close account of the social lifetime of a unmarried congregation.

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Action and Page 5 interaction between and among individuals and groups). To illustrate such continuity in the midst of change, this book will investigate the social interactions within a traditional congregation and between congregations of the Seminole Baptist church community. A Critique of Assimilation, Acculturation, and Ethnicity Models Ethnographers have tended to disregard Christianized native peoples, apparently assuming that they have assimilated into the larger Anglo world. , Linton 1940; Powers 1977; Hudson 1976) who have studied them have done so only to contrast Christian natives with more "conservative" and "traditional" native religionists.

He decides at each moment, consciously or unconsciously, how to behave'' (Goffman 1967:36). " It may be withdrawn from him by his social peers "unless he conducts himself in a way that is worthy of it" (Goffman 1967:10). Attention to face (face maintenance and face enhancement), therefore, becomes a primary consideration in virtually all social encounters; and strategic consideration of one's face can easily be viewed as the primary explanation for choices in social action. Socialized members of a community have deep feelings attached to their faces, making them vulnerable to the scrutiny of peers and exposing Page 11 them to social sanctions.

My approach is considerably different from that taken in the past. Previous anthropological studies have usually viewed the adoption of Christianity as an element of assimilation, that is, as a step toward the inevitable total immersion into the dominant Anglo world. Such a perspective does not adequately explain the Seminole Baptist situation. The Seminole Baptists are not assimilated; they are culturally unique and maintain a distinct identity. Moreover, rather than being a huge step toward assimilation into the dominant Anglo system, their adoption of Christianitytheir church systemactually functions to maintain their unique identity as Seminoles within the dominant Anglo system.

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